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Grateful for the Good News about 2020

Great strides made in awareness and resources for children’s mental health Scott Spiezle & Susan Goldy at the Kids’ Minds Matter press conference on Nov. 13, 2018 Between a global pandemic and the state of our nation, 2020 has proven to be a year to remember for everyone. But for us, our reasons for remembering this year look more like a glass half full. Before everything began to shut down in March, Kids’ Minds Matter’s Secret Garden Gala raised a [...].

Mental Health Mondays – My Young Adult Needs Help

View Upcoming Sessions “My Young Adult Needs Help: How to navigate when signs of mental health services are needed” On Monday, November 2, Jayme Hodges, MSW, LCSW-QS, Director of the Behavioral Health Center at Lee Health discussed how to navigate when signs of mental health services are needed for young adults. VIEW SEGMENT Mental Health by the Numbers NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year 50% [...].

HOPETOBER: Providing Hope for Breast Cancer Patients

More patients may need financial help from the Sharon MacDonald Breast Health Fund because of the pandemic By: Tammy Zinn, director for clinical support services at Lee Health’s Regional Cancer Center This October, the pandemic is likely to take some of the focus from what is traditionally Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But it’s the pandemic that makes this year’s focus on breast cancer awareness, particularly the ability to get prompt diagnosis and treatment, so critical. Beginning in March, elective procedures [...].

Resolving school issue with care for the whole family – How the Mental Health Navigator program helps children

By Jeannine Sparkes, Mental Health Navigator During the 2019/2020 school year, Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Kids’ Minds Matter, an initiative to raise awareness and funding to address the need for pediatric mental and behavioral healthcare services in Southwest Florida, hired four in-school navigators dedicated to Lee and Collier County school systems in a pilot program. The Mental Health Navigators (MHN), whose positions are fully funded by philanthropy, provide peer mentoring and support for families whose students face mental health challenges. Each [...].

A Letter to Advocates

As we head into our winter “season” we wanted to take the opportunity to update you on the incredible successes that we have had improving the mental health care for our children across Southwest Florida, none of which would have been possible without your support. As many of you know, the pandemic has dramatically increased the need for behavioral health services, particularly given the sudden disruption that school closings (and job losses) have meant for our children and their [...].

Mental Health Mondays – “Be Kind to Your Mind: The difference between mental health and mental illness”

View Upcoming Sessions “Be Kind to Your Mind: The difference between mental health and mental illness” On Monday, Oct. 26, Monique Evans, Miss Florida USA; Armando Llechu, chief officer of hospital operations and women and children’s services at Lee Health, and Dr. Sandra Mills, pediatric psychologist at Lee Physician Group Pediatric Neurology/Developmental & Behavioral Health discussed what is mental health, ways to stay mentally and physically well, how the pandemic is affecting families in the community and how you can [...].

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